The government has said a specialist minister for hospitality is not necessary because of all the other aid the sector is receiving.
A government spokesman at the Department for Business, Energy and Industry Strategy, told Facilitate: “We understand how much the hospitality sector contributes to our economy and society and the pressure it is currently under.
“We have taken decisive action to support the sector from the start of the outbreak, including through the Eat Out to Help Out scheme, VAT cuts, business rates relief and billions paid in grants, loans and tax deferrals. On top of this, our Winter Economy Plan will help the industry in the months ahead and businesses required to close due to local lockdowns can claim £3,000 a month.”
The government added that it would keep measures under review, but in response to whether it would consider a minister for the sector it replied that Paul Scully, the minister for small business, had responsibility for pubs, bars, restaurants, cafés and nightclubs and “regularly engages with the hospitality sector to understand their concerns and how best to support them”.
Last week chancellor Rishi Sunak also announced that hospitality and leisure businesses in tier 2 areas can receive cash grants of up to £2,100 a month. The grants are available for every month a business remains in tier 2.
The announcement was a part of a series of measures “in recognition of the challenging times ahead” as the chancellor said he would be “increasing support through the existing Job Support and self-employed schemes and expanding business grants to support companies in high-alert level areas”.
Kate Nicholls, chief executive of the body representing the broad hospitality sector, UKHospitality, called the announcement a "huge and very welcome intervention".